Category Archives: Urban scene

Cross Street, early

Tuesday 27th September 2022, 7.35am (day 4,051)

3 blokes, Cross Street, 27/9/22

I know this photo is technically dubious though I do quite like the way they arrange themselves on it. It’s chosen more to symbolise the fact that, including today, there will be eight Tuesdays between now and Christmas where I will be obliged to be in Manchester at around this time, facing 9am teaching duties. For now, it’s still light, even when I get up, but that won’t be the case for long.

Tagged , , , , , ,

Drum Machine

Sunday 25th September 2022, 12.20pm (day 4,049)

Drum Machine, 25/9/22

Welcome back to the Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade, which graced this blog on an annual basis before being cancelled in 2020 and 2021: one might say, ‘understandably’, at least for 2020, although I would disagree. But let’s move on from that and enjoy the present incarnation: shifted to September, seemingly smaller, but still with plenty of percussion. I like the way this shot captures the drummers concentrating both on their instruments and on the ‘conductor’ walking in front of them — as any good orchestra should. ‘Drum Machine’ is the name of this troupe, by the way.

Tagged , , , , , , , , , ,

Misty Manchester morning

Friday 23rd September 2022, 9.05am (day 4,047)

Misty Manchester morning, 23/9/22

Today was a pleasant, sunny morning, all the way in to the final stretch of the walk to campus, when suddenly everything became covered in a light and melancholy mist. It didn’t last long, but at least gave the locality a bit of atmosphere.

Tagged , , , , , , ,

Floral design, as you see

Saturday 17th September 2022, 11.35am (day 4,041)

Floral design, 17/9/22

I like it when you get these built-in labels for a picture. My job of description is done.

Tagged , , , , , , , ,

Pall Mall, Friday afternoon

Friday 16th September 2022, 2.35pm (day 4,040)

Pall Mall, 16/9/22

I would not normally go into Manchester as late as this, particularly not on a Friday. But my employers said in order to get my new hardware, hard-wired, I needed to pay homage at the Desk of Service. In person. So be it — I ultimately cared as little as the owner of these legs.

Tagged , , , , , , ,

Monday morning, Nutclough

Monday 5th September 2022, 9.15am (day 4,029)

Nutclough morning, 5/9/22

And from the evening, to the morning — not having moved very far. These houses constitute home; although I have neatly covered up our own windows with a tree trunk.

Tagged , , , , , , ,

World seen through beer

Friday 2nd September 2022, 3.40pm (day 4,026)

World through beer, 2/9/22

An abstract, but appropriate metaphor for life today. The signature on the glass says John Smith but the product is different. And, no, it’s not all the same in the end.

Tagged , , , , , , , ,

Store closed (not an advert)

Thursday 1st September 2022, 10.40am (day 4,025)

Debenhams closed, 1/9/22

Hey ho, it’s September already, so I suppose I’d better go into Manchester, for the first time in four weeks. I guess the health of the city centre retail has held up there better than some other places I’ve been lately, but the huge Debenhams department store on Market Street hasn’t made it, the shutters closed and graffitied, the windows gathering dust.

Tagged , , , , , , ,

Warrington Bank Quay station

Monday 29th August 2022, 5.25pm (day 4,022)

Warrington Bank Quay station, 29/8/22

I’ve been to more than a few railway stations in my time, and whether in the UK or elsewhere, few are as gloriously industrial as Warrington Bank Quay. Yet on the other side of the tracks — the Town Hall, parks, leafy streets.

Tagged , , , , , , ,

Sunday evening

Sunday 28th August 2022, 7.30pm (day 4,021)

Sunday at pub, 28/8/22

A holiday weekend — no work tomorrow! (Unless of course you work in one of the many professions in which this idea of a mandated holiday is just a pipe dream.) But it was an excuse to go out and enjoy company and dress in silly yellow hats, if that’s your bag.

Tagged , , , , , , ,
%d bloggers like this: